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Cheyne Walk seems on the face of it a surprising place to see this striking statue of Sir Thomas More, the Chancellor who dared to defy Henry VIII in his plan to marry Anne Boleyn, and paid the ultimate price.
Erected in 1969, it marks the fact that More was a Chelsea resident. He built a house here in 1520 opposite the river as in those days the area was quiet and secluded and was a convenient place for his private barge to take him to Westminster to see the King, or up-river to Hampton Court. It would have also been from where he was taken and rowed down river to Traitors Gate at the Tower of London, where he was finally imprisoned and beheaded.